Substance Abuse/ Addiction
A list of addiction treatment and alcoholism treatment resources in the U.S., Canada, and Overseas.
SMART Recovery (Self-Management And Recovery Training) helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors more than 300+ face-to-face meetings around the world, and 16+ online meetings per week. In addition, our online message board is an excellent forum in which to learn about SMART Recovery and seek support.
MeetingFinder.org is a FREE resource for locating 12-Step meetings in your area, quickly and easily. Search our nationwide database of over 2242 Meetings.
AA Central Office coordinates the work of A.A. in this area. Membership has grown to over 2200 meetings a week in the Eastern Massachusetts Area. Central Service is a committee of A.A. members delegated by the member groups to act as a clearinghouse.
The New England Region of Narcotics Anonymous – has placed this website on the Internet as one of the gateways to the "experience, strength and hope" available to any addict seeking recovery. It contains information for addicts and professionals about Narcotics Anonymous in the New England Region of MA.
Guide to mental health recovery in the United States with emphasis on alcoholism and chemical dependency.
Dual Recovery Anonymous is an independent, nonprofessional, twelve step, self-help fellowship organization for people with a dual diagnosis. Our goal is to help men and women who experience a dual illness. We are chemically dependent and we are also affected by an emotional or psychiatric illness. Both illnesses affect us in all areas of our lives; physically, psychologically, socially, and spiritually.
Health/ Alternative Treatment
The world's largest site on non-drug approaches for mental health.
RevolutionHealth.com provides information, inspiration and tools to help you take control of your health and improve your life.
The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Humanist Association. The people living in the Massachusetts area who believe in Humanism and try to live a Humanistic life and who like to get together in association with each other in formal or informal humanistically oriented activities. The pages of this web site will describe what these activities and associations and services currently are.
Fantastic resource for information on social security disability as well as many other related topics.
The Disability Law Center (DLC) is the protection and advocacy agency for Massachusetts. DLC is a private non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for thr rights of Massachusetts residents with disablilities. DLC recieves federal, state and private funding, but is not part of the state or federal government.
The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) is a non-profit, tax exempte 501(c)(3) public interest law firm whose mission is to mount a strategic legal campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock in the United States akin to what Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP mounted in the 40's and 50's on behalf of the African America civil rights.
The center is a research, training, an service organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons who have psychiatric disabilities. Their work is guided by the most basic of rehabilitation values, that first and foremost persons with psychiatric disablitities have the same goals and dreams as any other person.
A directory that provides consumers, researchers, administrators, service providers, and others with a comprehensive central resource for information on national and local consumer-driven programs.
Provides education, resources and support in Massachusetts. They work with partners for human service transformation.
Mental Illness Watch is a news site of interest to everybody affected by a mental illness or an ongoing psychiatric disorder.
RealMentalHealth.com is the first social networking site focusing on mental health treatment and wellness. The online community includes individuals, their family members, loved ones and friends who want to easily and interactively obtain knowledge about symptoms and treatments in a supportive community environment.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness,the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country. NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life for persons of all ages who are affected by mental illnesses.
DBSA is a national leader in training people living with mental illnesses to use their experiences to work with others as Peer Specialists. Our Peer Specialist training courses feature a nationally-developed curriculum that orients participants to a recovery philosophy and prepares them to use peer-delivered services to enhance wellness and treatment strategies.
Recovery is real and this website is filled with practical information that will help you recover if you have been labeled with a mental illness
The Icarus Project envisions a new culture and language that resonates with our actual experiences of 'mental illness' rather than trying to fit our lives into a conventional framework.
Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.
Here you’ll find the latest information on mental health and consumer/survivor issues. Included are updates on important issues, linking you to news sources, funding opportunities and the most recent developments in the consumer movement. You’ll also find conference announcements and job postings from across the nation.
The purpose of USPRA is to help advance the role, scope, and quality of services designed to facilitate the community readjustment of people with psychiatric disabilities.
USPRA continually seeks to improve the quality of psychiatric rehabilitation services and resources, to strengthen the role of community-oriented psychosocial rehabilitation within the mental health service delivery systems, and to facilitate the coordination and continuity of programs. USPRAis the association that brings together agencies, practitioners, families, and persons with psychiatric disabilities.
ASHA International's mission is to promote personal, organizational, and community wellness through mental health education, training and support.
Mental Health Recovery & WRAP
New understandings of the mind and of madness can open new doors to full recovery - thoughts from way outside the straightjacket of the "medical model." By Ron Unger LCSW
Getting well and staying well is the focus of Mary Ellen Copeland- author, educator, and mental health recovery advocate. Mary Ellen's work is based on the study of the day-to-day coping and wellness strategies of people who have experienced mental health difficulties.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Technical Assistance Center (TAC) is one of five consumer and consumer-supported assistance centers funded by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The purpose of the centers is to promote the involvement of consumers of mental health services in the transformation of mental health systems nationwide and to assist consumers in gaining the necessary skills to enhance consumer, peer-run programs.
A welcoming community that understands the trials and pitfalls of managing a mental illness. Find friends or seek romantic relationships knowing that everyone on this site has some form of mental illness.
Pat Deegan & Associates, LLC is a consumer/survivor/ex-patient run organization. Their mission is to improve the personal, social, economic and cultural well being of people with psychiatric disabilities through ex-patient directed study and research.
A bi-monthly magazine,usually only in print, but here's an online sample. We're now the only disability rights-oriented magazine put to printed page, and that is our focus.
If you hear voices (aka auditory hallucinations); if you know someone who does; if you work with people who hear voices; if you want to know about more about this experience. Then this site is for you.
Vision Statement from the Final Report of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health: We envision a future when everyone with a mental illness will recover; a future when mental illnesses can be prevented or cured, a future when mental illnesses are detected early, and a future when everyone with a mental illness at any stage of life has access to effective treatment and supports - essentials for living, working, learning, and participating fully in the community.
The Recovery x-Change was founded on the belief that with the appropriate supports and resources recovery is possible for anyone.
Home to over 500 support groups for physical and mental health challenges, this website provides valuable information on treatment choices - both for long-term and short-term needs, like helping people get through to their next therapy appointment.
The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is the Federal agency within the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that leads national efforts to improve prevention and mental health treatment services for all Americans. CMHS pursues its mission by helping States improve and increase the quality and range of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for people with mental health problems, their families, and communities.
The Official Website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
MassResources.org provides useful information about a wide range of assistance programs for people in need living in Massachusetts. It provides information on what benefits are available, how to apply, eligibility requirements, benefit amounts, and answers to commonly asked questions.
Contained within this site is a wealth of information for people with disabilities, their friends, families and the people who serve them. Information within this site focuses on Massachusetts.
NCSTAC was established in 1998 by a grant from the Center for Mental Health Services. Our purpose is to strengthen consumer organizations by providing technical assistance in the form of research, informational materials, and financial aid.
M-POWER is a member run organization of mental health consumers and current and former psychiatric patients. They advocate for political and social change within the mental health system, the community, city, and statewide.
A nationwide nonpartisan public education campaign that was launched as part of the 1999 White House Conference on Mental Health. Dedicated to battling the stigma, shame, and myths surrounding mental disorders that prevent so many people from getting the help they need.
Freedom Center is a support and activism community run by and for people labeled with severe 'mental disorders.'
MentalHealthStigma.com illustrates[the]interplay between Hollywood and the media.It is an honest thought-provoking study aboutthe subtleties of prejudice and discrimination and the awesome power of the media to regulate the public's perception of "mental illness".
Mind Freedom Internartional is an independent nonprofit coalition defending human rights and promoting humane alternatives for mental and emotional well being.
The National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy, worked to expose abuse and shed light on coercive and dangerous practices. NARPA is an independent organization, soley supported by its members.
A person suffering from psychological or behavioral problems has been emotionally wounded or violated. It is possible to hide emotional wounds through drugs, electrical shock and other "technologies". True healing, however, comes from restoring and renewing the things that define and reflect our humanity. Things like intimacy, community, art, music, spirituality and play. We address all these dimensions that make us fully human: emotional, psychological, physical, social and spiritual. This is where healing and self empowerment truly begins....
A site dedicated to discussions about how informed consent effects healthcare costs and the the role prescription medication plays in the formula.
Drug information site.
Drug education site. Drug recall news, recent FDA approvals, drug interactions, side effects, and current developments in the medical field.
"We are a local and international coalition of citizens deeply concerned about the grievous harm done to individuals by the administration of electroconvulsive shock, ECT. We are committed to abolishing this cruel and dangerous practice in Texas, and
we will not rest until we do! "
"This site offers an alternative perspective to the bio-psychiatric industry, and to the millions of psychotropic prescriptions written for children and adults. We really do have natural, built-in ways of psychological healing. With attention and adequate resource, anyone can reemerge from even the greatest distress and most extreme states of mind."
"The purpose and function of Ionia, Inc. is to provide a therapeutic environment for mentally disabled people and their families. Some live at Ionia, and others participate while living elsewhere. On either a temporary or permanent basis, here they use their common problems to their advantage. Here they are isolated from the prejudices and biases of normal society and are able to find a different but equal chance at a satisfying life."
Psychiatric Advance Directives
National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (Template/Forms for completion, FAQs)
Mental Health America (formerly National Mental Health Association) Psychiatric Advance
The Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities (PAD Toolkit)
National Disabilities Rights Network
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Advocates provides support services for people with:
- Mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse
- Intellectual or developmental disabilities or co-occurring mental illness and developmental disability
- Prader-Willi Syndrome
- Autism and pervasive developmental disabilities
- Acquired or traumatic brain injury
We also provide support services for:
- Deaf adults with mental illness or a developmental disability
- Families who are supporting a family member with a disability
- Elders living in the community who may have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder
- Adults with a mental health diagnosis in jail or re-entering the community
- Youth in transition from foster care
- Individuals and families who are homeless or at risk for homelessness